Make Half-Square Triangle UnitsUse the easy sandwich method to make eight half-square triangle units by pairing each 2-7/8" background square with a maroon square of the same size. Each completed unit should measure 2-1/2" square.
Make the Flying Geese Units
- Pair each mauve rectangle with two 2-1/2" background squares, sewing a square to each end of a rectangle to create a geese unit. Sizes and colors differ for this pattern, but my standard Flying Geese instructions show you how to assemble the units.
- Repeat, pairing each maroon rectangle with two 2-1/2" muted yellow squares. Make four geese units from the combination.
Make Units A, B, CRefer to the illustration above.
- Sew two background/maroon half-square triangle units and two teal squares into two rows as shown. Press seam allowances towards the teal squares.
- Sew the rows together. Press seam allowance towards the bottom of the unit. Repeat to make a total of four identical units.
- Sew a background/mauve geese unit to the top of a yellow/maroon unit as shown. Press seam allowance towards the mauve unit. Repeat to make four identical units.
- Make the four patch center unit from two 2-1/2" yellow squares and two 2-1/2" mauve squares, arranging them into two rows as shown. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Join rows.
Assemble the Switching Crowns Block
- Arrange the units into three rows as shown. Sew units in each row together.
- Sew the rows together, pressing new seams in opposite directions from row to row where possible to help you match seam intersections.
- Press the block; it should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" square.